Being an English Major while Residing Temporarily in Simpkin’s Hall

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  It has been a journey as an English major while at Western Illinois University. Simpkins became my home away from home. Seven years ago, I embarked on my college career as an… Continue reading

Jerry Hansen Retires

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    When Jerry Hansen arrived at WIU in 1984, he had no idea he’d stay 34 years. Here in WIU’s English Department, Jerry found his home. He immediately immersed himself in the… Continue reading

Letter from the Chair — Reading Beyond the Present Moment

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This Spring my undergraduate mentor, Dr. Jeffrey Skoblow, retired from teaching. Jeff Skoblow will always be the embodiment of “English” for me. A deeply read Marxist theorist, specializing in William Morris and Victorian… Continue reading

2017-2018 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this… Continue reading

Simpkins’ Fairy Tales of Leatherneck Pride

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Once upon a time, every year in Fall, WIU has “Dec the Office” where faculty and staff can decorate their offices based on the yearly theme for homecoming. A panel of judges comes… Continue reading

2018 Magliocco Lecture: Dr. Adrienne Brown

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What do you think of when you look at a skyscraper? Perhaps you imagine the view from the top floor, or maybe you visualize the impressive skyline a group of skyscrapers can make. But… Continue reading

Conference Craze: My Experience Attending the National NCTE and National Sigma Tau Delta Conferences

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As English majors, all of us are familiar with the amount of dedication, sweat, and tears it takes to write a solid essay or create a complex project. Many times, these projects and… Continue reading

Proust Questionnaire: Dr. Rahman

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Shazia Rahman loves to teach and to learn. She is a postcolonial ecocritic, and she is in the process of publishing her first book while writing her second. Time spent in her office… Continue reading

Webtoons: My New Literary Obsession!

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  It is 1:00 in the morning. I am staring at my phone, completely  transfixed and seemingly dead-eyed, but my mind is racing. I scroll to the the next panel  in the online… Continue reading

Little Free library Restoration: Sigma Tau Delta at Work

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Under the cover of twilight on the edge of a damp and chilly evening in February, a group of people snuck onto the sidewalk of an unassuming YMCA carrying tools of all shapes.… Continue reading